8 September

The Commander of the Kosovo Force (COM KFOR) has requested the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) for international assistance to help the Institutions in Kosovo to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. The request includes two medical treatment facilities, each with a capacity of 500 beds, which are fully dedicated to Covid-19 treatment and care. These are to be deployed in the Pristina region and in Prizren or Gjakova. COM KFOR’s request was authorised by applicable military channels and forwarded it to the International Staff as requested capabilities are not readily available through military channels.

The South Korean military has announced that it is set to open trauma centre for Covid-19 care on 09 September, reported The Korean Herald. The centre was originally planned for inauguration in January 2021. The opening plans were brought forward due to an increase in the critically ill coronavirus cases in the country. The South Korean military is assisting the health ministry in offering additional support whenever and wherever required. Last week, the country’s Ministry of Defence said military doctors will serve at nine civilian health facilities in the Seoul area.

US 7th Fleet spokeswoman commander Reann Mommsen has confirmed that sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan have tested positive for Covid-19, reported Stars and Stripes. The exact count has not been disclosed but Mommsen said it was a “small number” of sailors. Immediate medical care has been provided with no hospitalisation required for those affected. In a statement, Mommsen said: “An investigation is underway to determine the source of infection. The Reagan crew has worked extremely hard to minimise the risk of infection onboard since they deployed more than three months ago.”

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